Covid-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called Coronavirus. Symptoms can be mild, moderate, severe or fatal.
This is a draft copy of a generic Risk Assessment for dealing with the current Covid-19 situation in the workplace. It is not likely to cover all scenarios and each employer should consider their own unique circumstances. Much more specific assessments, such as that for health care workers, may look quite different although many of the principles would still be relevant. To keep up to date with HSENI advice to workplaces in this fast changing situation visit https://www.hseni.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19-and-hseni-contact-details-updateo
What are the hazards?
Action by who? John Warden
Action by when? 04.07.2020
Spread of Covid-19 Coronavirus
Who might be harmed:
• Vulnerable groups – Elderly, Pregnant workers, those with existing underlying health conditions
• Anyone else who physically comes in contact with you in relation to your business
• Hand washing facilities with soap and water in place.
• Stringent hand washing taking place.
• See hand washing guidance.
• Drying of hands with disposable paper towels.
• Staff encouraged to protect the skin by applying emollient cream regularly
• Gel sanitisers in any area where washing facilities not readily available
Frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly particularly in areas of high use such as door handles, light switches, reception area using appropriate cleaning products and methods.
Social Distancing -Reducing the number of persons in any part of the Compass to comply with the 1-metre (3 foot) plus gap recommended by the Public Health Agency
Redesigning processes and environment to ensure social distancing in place.
Ensuring sufficient rest breaks for staff.
Wearing of Gloves
Where Risk Assessment identifies wearing of gloves as a requirement of the job, an adequate supply of these will be provided. Staff will be instructed on how to remove gloves carefully to reduce contamination and how to dispose of them safely.
Public Health guidance on the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) to protect against COVID-19 relates to health care settings. In all settings individuals are asked to observe social distancing measures and practice good hand hygiene behaviours
Where RPE is a requirement for risks associated with the work undertaken the following measures will be followed- Face masks will be worn by staff who need to interact with customers
Symptoms of Covid-19
If anyone becomes unwell with a new continuous cough or a high temperature in the workplace they will be sent home and advised to follow the stay at home guidance.
NHS Track and Trace to be implemented for customers
If advised that a member of staff or public has developed Covid-19 and were recently on our premises (including where a member of staff has visited other work place premises such as domestic premises), the management team of the workplace will contact the Public Health Authority to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and will take advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken. https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/
Management will promote mental health & wellbeing awareness to staff during the Coronavirus outbreak and will offer whatever support they can to help
Employees to be reminded on a regular basis to wash their hands for 20 seconds with water and soap and the importance of proper drying with disposable towels. Also reminded to catch coughs and sneezes in tissues – Follow Catch it, Bin it, Kill it and to avoid touching face, eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands. Tissues will be made available throughout the workplace.
Encourage staff to report any problems and carry out skin checks as part of a skin surveillance programme
To help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) reminding everyone of the public health advice - https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
Posters, leaflets and other materials are available for display.
Rigorous checks will be carried out John Warden to ensure that the necessary procedures are being followed.
Staff to be reminded on a daily basis of the importance of social distancing both in the workplace and outside of it.
Management checks to ensure this is adhered to.
Staff to be reminded that wearing of gloves is not a substitute for good hand washing.
Regular communication of mental health information and open door policy for those who need additional support.